Speaking of ways around net censorship…

In an earlier posting we looked at ways to do small group communications without the internet:
along with several ways to do ‘remote computing’ or isolate attacks and intrusion to single “honey pot” or “proxy” systems:





(Apropos that last one, even on PBS Public Broadcasting Service today, they had a story / interview with an I.T. tech guy giving them ‘lessons’ in how to get a ‘burner’ phone and do clandestine phones in a non-traceable way. Seems that the A.P. has had a drying up of folks willing to be sources, given the old Government Proctoscope of the phone records… so expect the news to be dull for a while… BUT, when PBS is talking about ways to “go dark” and thwart government surveillance, well, it’s “interesting times”.)

We even looked at things like encryption with TrueCrypt AES, and hard to trace routing with TOR and The Onion Router… but you really need to look at the folks who do this stuff day in and day out to get an idea where real creativity can take you… While looking up how to make a new Torrent file (so I can share old v2 and v1 version of GHCN back to the world) I landed on a Raspberry Pi reference from a real Pirate Downloading site. Clearly I’m not the only one fascinated by the potential a $35 credit card sized computer board brings to things…



We were down a few hours earlier today. There’s no need to worry, we haven’t been raided this time. We’re only upgrading stuff since we’re still growing.

One of the technical things we always optimize is where to put our front machines. They are the ones that re-direct your traffic to a secret location. We have now decided to try to build something extraordinary.

With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.

We’re just starting so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore. These Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) are just the first attempt. With modern radio transmitters we can get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away. For the proxy system we’re building, that’s more than enough.

But when time comes we will host in all parts of the galaxy, being true to our slogan of being the galaxy’s most resilient system. And all of the parts we’ll use to build that system on will be downloadable.

Posted 03-18 2012 by MrSpock

As my R.Pi has 30 GB of “stuff” on it being fed via torrent to the world, all from one SD card, it’s clearly effective. About 4W all told? Maybe less… CPU runs at about 10% use tops for that, and one likely doesn’t need the card with the ethernet on it for “radio” use. The whole thing is less weight and power than the onboard radio controller. So pretty darned easy to fit into a very small drone.

As I’m mostly serving GB sized O/S releases (especially very old ones that are hard to find these days, but work on very old equipment…) and music files are smaller, there’s a lot of music would fit on one R.Pi torrent server.

But it does have me wondering… Just how far can one of these connect to a downlink site, if it’s a mile up? “Small group” communications could end up being a many mile radius with some decent antenna design (directional, down) and some added power. (Hey, if already illegal, might as well go for it…)

So anyone who’s a private pilot, if you see a drone up there with a Pirate Flag on it, leave it alone… thousands of poor school kids are depending on it for the latest ripped movies and music! ;-)

Also, once you have these in the air, adding some directional antennas at the 4 compass points lets them “mesh” over many square miles. Ought not to take more than a half dozen of them, and a satellite phone uplink to the rest of the Internet World, and any group can be ‘kept on the air’ short of armed attack…

Somehow I think the Control Freaks who have taken over European and U.S. government have finally taken a bite too far… When you have Pirates and PBS and a “white hat hacker” from “your team” (i.e. me…) all lined up together on the same side; well, it’s just got to mean something. I’m more used to working with the folks with badges and on government contracts. I’m sure the folks at A.P. and certainly at PBS (that lives on government largess) are more than a little uncomfortable to find themselves classed with the Pirates – to be raided and monitored and probed. But that’s what happens when “government” starts acting like “power hungry tyrant wanna be”. Folks figure out that “we are outside the tent being pissed on” pretty quick, and everyone starts looking for umbrellas, no matter who has provided it.

So now we have toy makers providing what will shortly be classed as “munitions” if I can predict my Tyrants In Training correctly. (Hey, the Apple G4 was a “munition” and not exportable early on as it was a damn fast code breaker and encryption engine ‘in the day’…) I guess it’s time for a visit to the local hobby shop or model airplane meet, just to see what they’ve got. Perhaps even something in the model boat department too… Lots of places are on the water front…

It’s kind of amusing to watch how the “push back” builds. How folks who had once been sneered at now become a reference… I find myself thinking things like “An Eye Patch also buggers up the facial recognition”… and pondering a line of eye patches that you can see through, but look opaque from the front side… while a Pirate Hat can cover a lot of hair color and shade the face nicely. Add in a ‘blouse’ with overly frilly collar / neck piece and some pants with “poofy bits” that make it hard to pick out build… Perhaps those styles of the 1500 to 1700s can make a come back… The notion of a person in Pirate Dress launching a high tech robot airplane has a certain bizarre attraction to it..

Argh, maties, thar be Onion Routing on that thar Drone autonomous access point… and maybe even a PBX / phone anonymizer…

Somehow I think the future is going to be a bit weird and not at all like I expected a few years back… I wonder if I’ll look good in a 3 cornered hat and eye patch?…

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11 Responses to Speaking of ways around net censorship…

  1. Gail Combs says:

    Making the attack on the press was very much a DUMB MOVE on the part of the government before they had all the rest of their ducks in a row. A major duck was gun control but perhaps DHS thinks they have it under control with buy up all the ammo.

    At FORBES: 1.6 Billion Rounds Of Ammo For Homeland Security? It’s Time For A National Conversation

    ….the Department of Homeland Security has issued an open purchase order for 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition. As reported elsewhere, some of this purchase order is for hollow-point rounds, forbidden by international law for use in war, along with a frightening amount specialized for snipers. Also reported elsewhere, at the height of the Iraq War the Army was expending less than 6 million rounds a month. Therefore 1.6 billion rounds would be enough to sustain a hot war for 20+ years. In America.

    Add to this perplexing outré purchase of ammo, DHS now is showing off its acquisition of heavily armored personnel carriers….

    “They all have gun ports… Gun Ports? In the theater of war, yes. On the streets of America…?

    Seriously, why would DHS need such a vehicle on our streets?”

    Why indeed? It is utterly inconceivable that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is planning a coup d’etat against President Obama, and the Congress, to install herself as Supreme Ruler of the United States of America. There, however, are real signs that the Department bureaucrats are running amok.….

    Seems the real journalists are finally getting clued in that a totalitarian government is not something they really want to side with.

    About time.

  2. Ian W says:

    @Gail Combs
    I think that the ‘attack on the press’ was actually more of a warning shot at whistle-blowers so the Administration is quite happy for a press shield law – as long as they have taken all the leaks off the table. Effectively, they were saying we sniffed all the AP lines for a month and nobody knew – so every time you pick up your phone……

    That is why on a previous thread I left this link https://www.seecrypt.com/ use a pay as you go throw away phone – or even just a pay as you go sim card – you can talk and they don’t even know the end points of the conversation let alone be able to decrypt.

    You could have a look at the WIMAX standards for comms as the protocol allow backhauling the communications in an automatic adaptive network.

  3. Gail Combs says:

    Ian W, the Admin. forgot about the Law of Unintended Consequences.

    In the social sciences, unintended consequences are outcomes that are not the outcomes intended by a particular action. The unintended outcomes may be positive or negative. The concept has long existed but was named and popularised in the 20th century by the American sociologist, Robert K. Merton.[1]

    The law of unintended consequences is an adage or idiomatic warning that an intervention in a complex system always creates unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes.[2][3][4][5] Akin to Murphy’s law, it is commonly used as a wry or humorous warning against the hubristic belief that humans can fully control the world around them. Many fields of study in the sciences and humanities embrace this concept, including economics, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology….


    So far the Sheeple have been mostly asleep and giving Obama a free pass because he is ‘black’ and any criticism is ‘racist’ It is not the press that is the problem but the rank and file liberals who are starting to wake up. Left-Wing Seizes on Gun Control Issue, While Democrats Rush to Buy Guns

    You are starting to get sites like: Democrats for Gun Ownership is the only national association that provides support for those Democrats in favor of gun ownership and the defense of the Second Amendment and DEMOCRATS AGAINST U. N. AGENDA 21

    Obama’s Admin going after the press just add more fuel to the fire spreading within the democrat rank and file.

  4. punmaster says:

    @ E. M. Smith:
    Well thought out. I am beginning to see more of the possibilities now.

    As for the pirate hat and hair color, I don’t color my hair; what’s left is hard to see. If/when things come that point, I guess I’m willing to go with a frilly collar and hat( that looks so good on you, you should have done this years ago! ), but I draw the line at frilly underthings. Speaking of hats, a number of those at the Kentucky Derby this year were quite attractive.

    Oh, Hubristic Belief sounds like a good name for a psychedelic band.

    @ Gail Combs:
    The Democrats for Gun Ownership is an interesting page. Thanks for posting that.

  5. You really have me thinking about getting a R.Pi, and then following your guides to a more secure personal space, so thanks!

    Also Thanks to Speed for the link to the Wired article.

  6. Peter Offenhartz says:

    You said ” the folks at A.P. and certainly at PBS (that lives on government largess).” And what percentage of the PBS budget comes from the government? Some largess!

  7. Bloke down the pub says:

    Was the drone idea a bit garbled because someone had their tongue in their cheek?

  8. The Quiet says:

    Drones are good fun, we are planning to use them for crop checking over the next couple of years. Current crop of affordable (<$100k) auto piloted systems are electric powered, about 45mins duration, hardly enough for a decent server hosting.
    I think the Boeing one is about $1mill, with a range to suit.

    Enjoy the posts EM, thanks for the laughs and the hints.

  9. adolfogiurfa says:

    One man at the center of suppressed communications: Eric Dollard

  10. p.g.sharrow says:

    A small tip of the iceberg has been seen! Look deeper to see the future. The new era is before us as a “net covers the world”. “They” think that their self appointed central governance of the world is inevitable and at hand. “We” don’t need them. pg

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